Srinagar/Jammu: Two Indian Army jawans and a woman were killed while 11 people were injured as Pakistani troops targeted villages and security posts at various places in Jammu and Kashmir since Friday night which triggered migration of hundreds of people from some border areas.

While the shelling continued, Indian home minister Rajnath Singh regretted that Pakistan is repeatedly targeting border areas of India despite being offered a hand of friendship. Pakistani troops violated the ceasefire along the Line of Control (LoC) near Kanhaiyah Post on Friday night by firing rocket propelled grenades into Tanghdar area, police officials said while citing the FIR lodged by the Indian Army.

They said the Pakistani action caused death of two Army jawans and injury to another. A BSF jawan, who was posted on duty in a nearby post of the force, was also injured in the incident, the officials said.

Along the International Border, Pakistani troops targeted villages and 13 border outposts with heavy mortar shelling in Kathua and Samba districts of Jammu and Kashmir, leading to death of a woman and injuries to eight others. Shelling of villages triggered panic and migration from border villages and more than 1,400 people have been evacuated from villages in Samba and Kathua district, officials said.

“Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked and heavy firing and mortar shelling on posts and civilian areas along IB in Samba and Kathua districts since 2130 hours last night," inspector general of BSF Rakesh Sharma said. “BSF troops gave a befitting reply resulting in exchanges which stopped at 3am in the morning," the IG said.

Pakistan again started mortar shelling and firing targeting civilian areas since 7am, he said.

He said all BoPs in three battalion areas of Samba and Hiranagar sub-sectors in Kathua district were targeted. A woman identified as Tori Devi of village Mangu Chack has been killed in the shelling and four civilians have been injured in the firing and shelling, senior superintendent of police (SSP), Samba, Anil Magotra, said. Four persons, including two women, were injured in Nauchak village in Kathua, Kathua deputy commissioner Shahid Iqbal said. IG BSF has also issued an advisory to the border people for evacuation.

Scores of houses have suffered damage in the firing, Magotra said. The SSP said buses have been kept ready for evacuation and “we are waiting for the firing and shelling to stop so that people are shifted to safer areas in shelter camps". People have taken shelter in bunkers and are not venturing out, he said. PTI

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